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Do I need to format a new Hard Drive for Win 7 if already preformatted

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Last response: in Storage
August 22, 2012 12:32:25 AM

I wondering if its necessary to format a new 1 or 2 TB hard drive, like WD or Samsung, if the drive already comes pre-formatted with NTFS file system. I'm plan to use the drive on a Windows 7 system.

My concern is sector errors which may have occurred during transit in the postal system. I mean how do I know if a new preformatted hard drive is good after I get it via postal mail delivery (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc), if I don't format first, even if its already preformatted when I get it?

I wish someone could comment of this because I have had drives with sectors errors and now I'm overly concerned about the issue.

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a b G Storage
August 22, 2012 1:14:40 AM

99% of the time no format is necessary when pre-formatted. So long as the Install button is not greyed out and it doesn't force you to after pressing it, everything is good. (It will not format without permission.)
August 22, 2012 2:01:52 AM

That makes me feel a lot better! Thanks for your comment.